15 Feb 2021

The Invulnerability of Weakness

No, it is not a contradiction in terms. It is a truth that is hidden. 

We normally, conventionally and socially revere the opposite. We are so quick in pushing the weakling aside, ignore and pity him or her and move on. For us weakness is a shame - in others and in us. It just does not make sense to praise or tolerate weakness, much less revere it.
Well, I have a surprise for you. We should embrace weakness. We will not be sorry. It open new doors, vistas and opportunties. To cite but one of many examples in the Bible:
The Lord appears to Gideon whilst threshing wheat by the winepress to hide it from the Midianites and says: The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
Here is his answer:  And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. 
I have over the years learned to know my own weaknesses, folly, ignorance and arrogance, so when people take me to task on it, I can really say with conviction  that I am much worse than they think - most of which they have not even heard yet.
It was so aptly stated by G.K. Chesterton about a hundred years ago:
All the empires and the kingdoms have failed, because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man (Peter), and for that reason it is indestructable. For no chain is stronger (and weaker ... my addition) than its weakest link.
We as weakling humans cannot toe the line to strongmen, until we find that we, as strong humans, must toe the line to weakling leaders. Terrifying thought! 
There are too many weakling impostors who are circulating the globe and masquerading as strong rulers in this world today. They would do better if they rule the crooks of the world. There are quite enough of the latter in the world to make their tenure worthwhile.
But, ... I am digressing too far away from my noble subject with this interjection of evil. The strong are even more vulnerable than we are, and need to be told, quite often, how smart and important they are. You have to plaster it real thick on them sometimes ... but, just take away the despicable origin of their power and see what happens.
It takes really strong emotional and mental people to expose their own vulnerabilty, and by exposing it, they become invulnerable.
When we have given off all our inhuman foolhardiness, egotism, pride, prejudice, perspectives, pretence, paradigms and preconceived ideas, what more can we lose?
In fact, we will win a lot, as we can then draw from the infinite strength, not power, of our human mind and our human spirit, and from the inspiration and power of God.
If my statement of a hidden truth is true, as I profess it to be, then it should also be in the Bible, and here it is from Corinthians 1:
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. ..... 
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

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